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Water Co-operation

waterWe have had quite a year of complaint about rain here in Ireland this year! We may not be happy, then, that 2013 has been designated International Year of Water Co-operation.  The Right to Water and Sanitation is one of the most recent human rights recognised by the UN.

The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The UN is drawing our attention to something important about water - it’s shared. Rivers, lakes, and wetlands don’t respect national boundaries, though they are often dragooned into playing that role.

We all drink from the same stream. A more brutal way of putting it might be that people living near a large river’s mouth are drinking water that has already been through seventy other human bodies living further upstream.

This year we are being reminded of something we need to know, by the waters themselves. Our use, and abuse, of water, affects every other living thing, from plankton to whales.  Let’s listen to what the waters are trying to teach us.


Well put. We all need water.